California and other western beaches are especially popular during the autumn months because of their temperate climates and beautiful scenery. So, when it comes to the best beach vacations in September, California is not lacking. Soak in some quaint charm at Stinson Beach, California. You’ll find yourself in a picturesque little town full of old-time beach houses, cute cafes and shops and miles of sandy beaches on the Pacific. You can also take a day or two and bike the slopes of Mount Tamalpais.

How about a Lobster Festival in Redondo Beach? This September festival features music, wakeboarding demos, fashion shows and, of course, lobsters. Redondo Beach is a destination that includes shops, restaurants, sailing adventures and scenic shorelines. Don’t miss a visit to Point Vincente. Just a few miles from Redondo you can take in the spectacular, rocky vistas.


Florida, naturally, also features a good chunk of the best beach vacations in September. In the fall, an undeniable favorite is South Beach in Miami. In South Beach you can find a melting pot of contemporary America blending with European charm. There are beaches teeming with people for the ultimate people-watching experience, as well as restaurants and clubs galore!

Atlantic Coast along Eastern US

The best beach vacations in September aren't necessarily the best beach vacations, period. The success of your beach trip really does come down to timing! Traveling north you can find the beaches of Cumberland Island, Georgia; Ocracoke Island, North Carolina; and Hilton Head, South Carolina. Perhaps the best known of these beach destinations is Hilton Head, which is renowned for its golf and tennis. However, Hilton Head boasts more than 42 square miles of beaches and the largest sea island between Florida and New Jersey. Ocracoke Island is pristine and remote—quiet and secluded you can enjoy viewing local wildlife, historic sites, and pristine beaches. You can also enjoy unique shopping and dining on Ocracoke Island. Cumberland Island is Georgia’s southernmost and largest barrier island. This national seashore is home to shorebirds and visited by porpoises and is well known for its serene and quiet environment.

Montauk on Long Island, New York; Assateague Island, Virginia; and Aquinnah Beach on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts are just three locations in the Northeast for best beach vacations to visit in September. Beyond the famous Hamptons, you’ll find the quiet beach community of Montauk. You’ll find quaint cafes and shops, along with some great surfing and beachcombing. On Assateague Island, you find a rustic, pristine nature-lovers paradise. There are 48,000 acres of beaches and dunes that are home to wild horse herds. The days are warm and the nights mild and a sure bet for a great beach vacation. On Martha’s Vineyard, Aquinnah Beach in September will find the crowds gone so you can enjoy the beautiful bluffs to enjoy the shoreline in solitude. Other area beaches include Gay Head and Lobsterville that are great places to surf and fish.


For something a bit more tropical check out Pink Sand Beach on Harbour Island in the Bahamas. One of the best September beach vacations, the pink sands will be a visual memory that will not soon be forgotten. Located on the northeast corner of Eleuthera, Pink Sand Beach’s shoreline is lined with tropical foliage and brilliantly colored beach homes. Both modern and traditional, this island paradise is a sure bet for a beach vacation.

Some of the best beach vacations in September can be found with just a little homework. Spend just a little time doing research and you’ll soon be on your way—beach gear in hand and ready for some fun!